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From the January, 2007 Cyberspace News

Better Digital Camera Pictures

 If you’re addicted to your digital camera, like I am, here are some tips for taking better pictures:

1.       Move in closer. Most pictures will be better if you take a few steps forward. Having your subject fill most the frame helps your viewer understand your photo and provides details that are often more interesting than an overall view. To get the clearest picture, use the camera's optical zoom if you can't move closer to your subject.

2.       Use your viewfinder. A digital camera's LCD screen uses lots of battery power so to maximize battery life, use the camera's viewfinder.

3.       Try to predict the moment. Most point-and-shoot digitals have an inherent delay between pressing the shutter button and when the camera takes the   picture. Try to anticipate the action and always be ready to shoot.

4.       Use available light whenever possible. Indoors, the mood created by natural light is lost with a flash. If you can, position a subject by a door or window and avoid using the on-camera flash.

5.       Shoot at the highest resolution available. If you want to print your images or enlarge a part of the image, you'll get the best  results from a larger file. You can always decrease the resolution of the image on your computer to email it, but starting off with a low-resolution image does not give you the flexibility to print your picture.

6.       Take as many pictures as possible. The more images you take, the better your chances are of getting that special shot.  Because you don't incur any costs until you print your       images, take as many shots as you can.

Delete unwanted images 'on-the-fly.' Immediately deleting images you don't want minimizes the task of deleting  images because you're running out of storage capacity.  When  in doubt, save the image until you can view it on your computer monitor.                                                         

8.       Cameras are notorious for     consuming batteries. Consider investing in an extra rechargeable battery. You can continue to take pictures while the other set is charging.

9.       Think big. In most cases, the 8 or 16 megabyte (MB) card that came with your camera won't cut it. Get the highest capacity       removable storage card within your budget. 

10.       Get an external card reader. One of the easiest and fastest ways to transfer images between the camera and computer is to use a card reader. This method is often faster than using the transfer   cable that may have been         included with your camera. In addition, if your camera does not have a docking/recharging      station, the card readers avoid tying up your camera and draining its batteries when it is left on for long periods of time while transferring images.

Remember that digital cameras offer an incredible amount of shooting freedom and flexibility.  Experiment with your camera. Try new techniques.  Play with it.  And have fun while you're doing it.